Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii), Texas Canyon, Cochise County
This Couch's Kingbird was
found by Barry Zimmer and photographed by Arlene Ripley on 23 January
There are three accepted records of this species west
of the Continental Divide: one from Arizona, one from
New Mexico, and one from California. One was also
discovered in Nevada this winter.
Tropical Kingbird are distinguished from Western and
Cassin's kingbirds by a larger bill, white throat, green
breast, and lack of white in a strongly notched tail.
Identification of Tropical and Couch's kingbirds is
based primarily on vocalizations, and this bird was
heard giving diagnostic calls of Couch's Kingbird by
Laurens Halsey on January 24. On average, Couch's is
brighter and shorter-billed than Tropical.
23 January 0015, photo by Arlene RipleyAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 26 January 2015